As the days become shorter and cooler, you may find yourself reaching for an extra jumper to stay warm. You may also think about slathering on moisturiser to combat dryness…but, is this a good idea?

The changing seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. In addition to dryness, your skin may feel tighter and more prone to irritation. If you have a skin concern, such as acne or rosacea, you may find that your condition is angrier than ever. As a result, you may be tempted to overtreat your skin, which may make things worse. What can you do to temper dryness and irritation as seasons change and get your skin winter-ready?

weather affects skin

What happens to your skin between seasons?

When the seasons change, there are fluctuations in temperature and humidity. As the seasons change from summer to autumn, the air becomes cooler and drier. This pattern continues as the seasons change from autumn to winter; the impacts are often magnified by frigid temperatures and cutting wind. Through it all, your skin is always trying to remain hydrated, a challenge that becomes more difficult as the seasons progress.

However, outdoor weather isn’t the only dryness culprit. All the things we do to warm up when we get inside – turn up the heat, take a hot shower, etc. – may also cause dryness and irritation as well. As a result, you may notice your skin is flakier on your face and body and more prone to inflammation. Skin on hard-working and exposed areas, like your hands, may begin to crack. Your complexion may suffer the worst of it, though, as you apply more products and heavier makeup to conceal sudden spots and redness.

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Healthy skin all winter long

It all begins with clear pores

Great skin begins with clear pores, no matter the season. Clear pores allow the products you use to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. This makes your products even more effective!

Cleanse your skin normally in the morning and then double cleanse before bed several evenings a week. Double cleansing ensures you remove all of the impurities and environmental toxins that have built up throughout the day. Be sure to use a gentle, non-irritating cleanser, like Benefit Clean, during the winter months to help skin stay healthy and hydrated.

Fight dryness

The biggest mistake people make is using too much of the wrong moisturiser. Although you may think you’re helping your skin by applying a larger quantity, in reality, you’re reducing its ability to maintain balanced hydration. The truth is, you shouldn’t use the same moisturiser in the winter than you used in the summer months. After all, your skin has different hydration needs throughout the year.

In the winter, use a moisturiser with more muscle. Switch out your lightweight summer moisturiser with one that improves your skin’s natural moisture barrier and absorbs below the top layer. Apply it within a minute of coming out of the shower or cleansing to lock in moisture.

To prevent dehydration, apply Humidify, a deep moisturising cream the plumps and hydrates skin all day. You’ll begin to see proven results after just two weeks!

Heal skin

Is your skin feeling flaky and tight because of freezing temperatures? Promote healing with intense hydration. Rescue+ Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask, an antioxidant-rich cream that calms and hydrates your skin. It also kickstarts your skin’s natural healing process to reveal a healthy, hydrated complexion. Use it daily to protect your skin from the harsh elements or apply it as an overnight treatment to repair dryness.

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